Yosemite & The Grand Canyon Guided Walking Holiday

From San Francisco to Las Vegas, explore some of the USA's finest national parks

Code: SFWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • High Mountains
  • Outdoors
  • Value

Level

  • 2
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Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £4,099.00 - 11 nights

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Holiday overview

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Start among the Victorian roof lines of San Francisco and the fog rolling over the Golden Gate Bridge, whetting your appetite for the adventures to come. After a visit to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz, get ready to make your escape to Yosemite National Park. Here, waterfall-stripped walls contrast the emerald-green Yosemite Valley and your heart skips a beat at the haughty profile of Half Dome and as you gaze in wonderment at the subalpine wilderness. 

Price includes

  • 11 nights' en-suite accommodation
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full holiday programme with experienced local guides and a HF Holidays Leader
  • Sightseeing
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel by minibus or coach
  • Tips

In pictures...

Accommodation

Stay in city hotels, lodges and inns located in or near national parks. 

In San Francisco, our hotel is situated in the famous Fisherman's Wharf district, hope to Pier 39 and a great place to start our adventure. 

In Yosemite, our resort gets you close to the wild beauty of the park while ensuring a comfortable stay. 

Full details will be updated shortly.

Itinerary

Guided Walking & Sightseeing

A mix of part and full-day walks as well as sightseeing. Walks are 2-7 miles (3-11km) with up to 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent. 

Day 1

Fly to San Fransisco and transfer to our hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 - San Fransisco

Cable tram in San FranciscoWe'll explore the city on foot today, including taking a cable car ride. This evening we'll take the boat across the bay to Alcatraz Island, home to the famous prison complex.

Days 3 - 5 - Yosemite National Park

THalf Dome in Yosemite Valleyoday we head to the internationally renowned Yosemite National Park, our base for three nights. We'll enjoy an afternoon walk amongst Sequoia trees, from Mariposa Grove to Wawona Vista. 

We'll explore the park further, with walks along the Panorama Trail and a hike to North Dome.

Day 6 - Lembert Dome

Lembert domeWe cross the Sierra to walk at Tuolumne Meadows and up to Lembert Dome. We'll also enjoy walking at South Tufa at Mono Lake before continuing our journey to Mammoth Mountain.

Day 7 - Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth mountainTake a scenic tram ride to the summit of Mammoth Mountain, which stands at 11,053 ft high. After we've had time to soak up the astounding panoramic views, we'll descend the mountain on foot. Back at the bottom, we'll then drive to Death Valley, where we'll have time for some sightseeing in the evening.

Day 8 - Death Valley and to the Grand Canyon.

Sand dunes in Death ValleyTo beat the heat of Death Valley National Park, we'll get up early to explore and take a short walk. From here, we then drive via the historic Route 66 to the Grand Canyon, our base for three nights.

Days 9 - 10 - Grand Canyon

Inspirationl scenery of the Grand CanyonWe've got two full days to explore this vast national park. Our guided walks on these days will take in the West Rim and the South Kaibab Trail. You're free to explore independently if you wish, too.

After our first full day in the park, we'll enjoy a great BBQ dinner, hosted by our US guide.

Day 11 - to Las Vegas

Skyscaper hotels at Las Vegas at nightWe've some free time this morning before we drive to Las Vegas, so a perfect opportunity for taking an optional helicopter tour (payable locally) or simply spend the morning at leisure. Once in Las Vegas, you're free to explore the bright lights at your own pace and we'll enjoy a final meal together.

Day 12

We return to Las Vegas airport after breakfast for our flight back to the UK.

Leaders

Trevor Irvin

Trevor is a retired Chartered Civil Engineer and he has been leading for HF Holidays since 2001, both in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.

He is widely travelled and his main interests apart from walking include history, geology, geography, architecture and natural history.

Trevor has travelled extensively to the USA and Canada. He likes to meet new people and is looking forward to sharing with them the beauty and history of this country to ensure that they have a really memorable holiday

Trevor is leading our June 2019 holiday.

Sandy Smith

Sandy’s professional career as a geologist takes her to lots of fascinating and beautiful countries. She has been leading for HF Holidays since 1995, including most of our USA holidays, as well as South Africa, Madagascar, Cape Verde, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Jordan itineraries. Sandy has written books on volcanoes and glaciers – a good connection with the mountain areas she enjoys for walking. She has trekked in the Himalayas and has done geological fieldwork in South America. Sandy is continually inspired by the amazing diversity of the natural world, and is a keen amateur naturalist and bird watcher.

Sandy lived in California for a few years, and visited Yosemite and the other the US National Parks in the SW USA often, finding the scenery there inspiring.

Sandy is leading our July 2019 holiday.

Geoff Goodwin

Geoff has been involved with HF Holidays for 22 years, leading more than 200 weeks, walking in Europe and the UK, as well as cross country skiing and navigational courses and ‘leaf-peeping’ trips to New England in the fall.

Over the years his interests have included water sports, cycling, tennis and orienteering.

He has  visited southern California regularly, where he has friends with a cabin in the Sierras, the ‘Range of Light’, and also New England and Canada. He first visited the National parks of Southern California over 40 years ago and the formidable geology of dramatic mountain landscapes, still preserved as wilderness, made an indelible impression. The rock faces, gorges, waterfalls, deserts, and giant trees and wildlife are truly unforgettable. Paraphrasing John Muir  – ‘they do not exist as views but saturate themselves into one’s body and live always’.

Geoff enjoys taking photos and has a keen interest in natural history and is looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm for this trip. He will be leading our September 2019 holiday.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
15 Jun 2019 SFWHW - Yosemite & Grand Canyon - Without Flights 11 £4,099.00 Book Now
15 Jun 2019 SFWHW - Yosemite & Grand Canyon
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 15 Jun 2019, 2:15 p.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Jun 2019, 5:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: San Francisco International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 26 Jun 2019, 9:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 27 Jun 2019, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Las Vegas Mccarren International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
11 £4,899.00 Book Now
13 Jul 2019 SFWHW - Yosemite & Grand Canyon - Without Flights 11 £4,099.00 Book Now
13 Jul 2019 SFWHW - Yosemite & Grand Canyon
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 13 Jul 2019, 2:15 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Jul 2019, 5:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: San Francisco International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 24 Jul 2019, 9:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 25 Jul 2019, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Las Vegas Mccarren International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
11 £4,899.00 Book Now
14 Sep 2019 SFWHW - Yosemite & Grand Canyon - Without Flights 11 £4,099.00 Book Now
14 Sep 2019 SFWHW - Yosemite & Grand Canyon
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 Sep 2019, 2:15 p.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Sep 2019, 5:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: San Francisco International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 25 Sep 2019, 9:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 26 Sep 2019, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Las Vegas Mccarren International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
11 £4,899.00 Book Now

Price includes

  • 11 nights' en-suite accommodation
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full holiday programme with experienced local guides and a HF Holidays' leader
  • Sightseeing
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel by minibus or coach
  • Tips

Other important information

  • Single Room supplement: £999 for sole occupancy
  • £10 per person non-member fee applies

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